Raising the mast on a Tanzer 22

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The boat is in the water, and we untie the mast.

I also secure the rear frame to the boat using the mainsheet, to keep it from tilting aft when I roll the mast.

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Positioning the mast

I slowly walk the mast aft, and I secure the base to the mast step.

As you see, we have some spectators!

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Preparing to raise

At this point, we attach the following:

  • The backstay at its final attachment points
  • The spinnaker halyard to the stem fitting, and back to the mast winch (it's the only halyard I have that's long enough, and I still need to lengthen it a bit)
  • The two outer shrouds to the chainplates, using hobby horse springs instead of turnbuckles

This accomplishes a few things:

  • The backstay stops the mast as soon as it reaches the vertical position
  • The spinnaker halyard isn't much help initially, but takes over as soon as the mast is too high for our arms
  • The springs help stabilize the mast sideways, while still allowing for the misalignment of rotational axis between the mast step and the chainplates.

Initial raise

The first part is done by hand...

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Final raise

And the last part is done with the spinnaker halyard, cranking on the mast winch.

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Attaching the standing rigging

Once the mast is fully raised, we cleat the spinnaker halyard, and attach the standing rigging in the following order:

  1. Lower shrouds
  2. Upper shrouds
  3. Forestay

This way, we stop relying on the springs for lateral stability as soon as possible. They work pretty well, but I don't want to rely on them any longer than I have to.

Installing the boom

All done!

All in all, it took us about 45 minutes from start to end. It will probably be way shorter as we get more experience!